The Marlins recently signed veteran backup Koyie Hill, who singled in two plate appearances Wednesday. But Hill is not on the team’s 40-man roster and room would have to be created for him. Hill was without a job and sitting at home in Wichita, Kan., when the Marlins phoned him a week ago.
“I’m here to compete for a spot,” said Hill, a career .210 hitter who caught in 290 games over eight seasons with the Diamondbacks and Cubs. “The point at this level is to win ballgames, and I feel I offer a lot in that regard as far as helping young pitchers, bullpens, young catchers.”
Redmond also refused to confirm Maine making the team. Maine could serve as the Marlins’ long reliever if he sticks with the club. Maine worked 3 2/3 innings of relief Wednesday, holding Boston without a run despite walking five and giving up two hits.
“We’re still deciding on Maine, trying to decide what we’re going to do there,” Redmond said. “It’s something we’re trying to figure out.”
Down memory lane
Only two members of the 1998 Marlins remain active in the majors, and one of those, Boston Red Sox pitcher Ryan Dempster, chatted briefly with Redmond in Fort Myers on Wednesday. Dempster and Redmond made their big-league debuts eight days apart in May, 1998. That team lost a franchise-record 108 games.
“There were some days where we just got our brains beat in,” Redmond said. “I remember we used to always say, ‘One day we’re going to sit back and laugh and we’ll all be better for it.’”
• Minor-league outfielder Daniel Pertusati drove in four runs Wednesday as the Marlins defeated the Red Sox, 5-1.
• Thursday: Marlins LHP Justin Nicolino at St. Louis Cardinals RHP Lance Lynn (18-7, 3.78), 1:05 p.m., Jupiter.
• Friday: No game
• Saturday: Marlins LHP Wade LeBlanc (2-5, 3.67) at New Orleans Zephyrs (TBA), 2 p.m., New Orleans.